Geologic Map Day Contest

Students study the rocks during field camp.
Abi Howe Hastillo, American Geological Institute

As part of Geologic Map Day (October 17, 2014) and Earth Science Week (October 12-18, 2014), the U.S. Geological Survey invited university-level students to enter its 2014 Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The contest will be judged at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver, October 19-22, 2014.

This year marks the second annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.

The top three student geologic maps will be selected for recognition and awards at a special judging reception at the GSA Annual Meeting. Students will post their maps (Session Posters) on Tuesday, 21 October by 5 PM until 6:30 PM in the Poster Hall for review and evaluation by the judges. Maps may be placed in this area as early as 9 AM Tuesday, 21 October, but must be removed at 6:30 PM following the reception. At the end of the reception, the top three maps will be selected and awarded.

The competition was open to any student earning a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree who had created a geologic map through recent field work. Winning students were recognized at the meeting, received field tools such as a Brunton compass and rock hammer, and got the opportunity to publish their maps in the student edition of the “Journal of Maps.”

Students must submit their abstract by 29 July 2014 to any GSA Session or Discipline and select the appropriate box on the form to be considered for the geologic map competition. Your abstract must be accepted to be eligible for the competition. For more information, visit the GSA website.

2014 Geologic Map Contest Winners Annouced:
First Place

Chad W. Carlson, University of Nevada, Reno.
GEOLOGIC MAPPING AT THE NORTHERN TERMINUS OF THE CENTRAL WALKER LANE, WESTERN NEVADA: KINEMATICS AND STRAIN TRANSFER MECHANISMS IN AN EVOLVING TRANSFORM PLATE BOUNDARY
Awarded a Brunton Compass from the Association of American State Geologists

 

First place winner Chad Carlson
Photos Courtesy of the Geological Society of America

 


2014 Second Place

Russel V. DiFiori, University of Nevada, Reno
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF GOLD MINERALIZATION IN THE SOUTHERN EUREKA MINING DISTRICT, NEVADA: A PREDICTIVE STRUCTURAL SETTING FOR CARLIN-TYPE GOLD DEPOSITS
Awarded a rock hammer and hand lens from the American Institute of Professional Geologists

Second place winner Russel DiFiori
Photos Courtesy of the Geological Society of America

 


2014 Third Place

Joel H. Edwards, University of Nevada, Reno
STRUCTURAL CONTROLS AND PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE NEAL HOT SPRINGS GEOTHERMAL AREA, MALHEUR COUNTY, OREGON
Awarded the 125th Anniversary Volume: Special Paper 500, The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, Interactions from the GSA Foundation.

Third place winner Joel Edwards
Photos Courtesy of the Geological Society of America

 

In addition, all winners will receive an offer to publish their map in the Student Edition of the Journal of Maps and the opportunity to be published in the full journal.  The top three student maps will also be recognized and announced on the GSA Website, GSA Today and GSA Connection, AGI Spectrum, and the USGS Website.